COVID-19 Graduate Admissions and Fellowships Deferment

Since the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create hardship for our graduate applicants, the Graduate School will continue to offer term change flexibility for admitted applicants without a new application or new fee, through Fall 2022.

The term change request should be initiated by the student and approved by the program, who sends it to the Graduate School. These should be done prior to the start of the semester that they are moving from. Similar to last year:

  • Summer 2021 applicants may request a term change to Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022.
  • Fall 2021 applicants may request a term change to Spring 2022, Summer 2022, or Fall 2022.
  • Spring 2022 applicants may request a term change to Summer 2022 or Fall 2022.
Please follow the same guidelines as last year:

Programs that are expecting a large number of deferment requests are strongly urged to create a plan and a process for handling these requests. In making these plans, please consider factors such as: (i) availability of courses for the students to take in the new admitting semester, (ii) ability of the program to meet the funding guarantees made in the offers, (iii) the impact on the program’s capacity in future semesters, and (iv) the program’s ability to effectively advise, offer orientation, and carry out other onboarding activities in the deferred semesters. Note that deferrals may affect the number of applicants who can be admitted in a future semester. The Graduate School may ask programs about their plans, especially when a program makes a large number of deferment recommendations.

When a program receives a request for deferment from a student, please advise the student and work with the student to identify the term to which the deferment should occur.

Fellowships Deferment

The Graduate School will permit graduate students who defer admissions to also defer fellowships awarded through the GSSC and other Graduate School funding programs. Programs will lose the funds if the deferred student ultimately does not matriculate into UW-Madison.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Will a new I20 be needed?

Please refer to the ISS COVID-19 webpage for information regarding the process for an updated I-20 for new students and continuing students. This document is specific to how new international graduate students can request an updated I-20.

Does admit mean recommended for admission by a program or admitted by the Graduate School?

Admitted by the Graduate School.

Is the student required to pay the application fee again? 

No, if a student deferral is approved, they are not required to pay the application fee again.

What semesters can they defer to? 

Any semester through Fall 2022.

Is the program or student required to complete a form to request a deferral? 

The program should send an email to the Alpha split with the student's information (first name last name campus ID) as well as the term they are deferring to. 

How will the students show in applicant review? 

The students will show in the ‘final processing tab’ under the new term they have been deferred to. You can filter by different terms by selecting the ‘term’ box in the ‘active filter’ box at the top of the page.

Can a student do multiple term changes? 

Yes, term changes will be allowed.




Keywords:COVID-19 Graduate Admissions Deferment Deferral   Doc ID:100076
Owner:DEBRA K.Group:Graduate School
Created:2020-04-03 15:06 CDTUpdated:2021-04-29 15:05 CDT
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